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midday movie. it’s a classic. gemma & niall

December 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Niall and Gemma from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

It’s been a real treat to drop in an extra little feature every day at noon this week as we celebrate our readers’ real life love stories, courtesy of Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

Popcorn at the ready, let’s hear from Gemma and Niall.

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gemma says: Niall proposed in our living room between visiting my parents the weekend before Christmas and heading to Niall’s mum and dads for Christmas day. It was lovely that it was just the two of us at home.

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I wore a Lusan Mandongus gown from Teokath Wimbledon: all the dresses I tried on were beautiful so it was a tough decision! In the end I went with a designer I felt fitted my body shape the best and the dress that I felt was the most flattering. I absolutely love, love, love my wedding dress and feel much more emotionally attached to it than I ever imagined I would.

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With a marquee in Niall’s mums and dad’s garden we had a blank canvas. We were quite relaxed about style and theme (just going with stuff we liked) but ‘classic fresh marquee wedding’ probably sums it up quite well.

We both really enjoyed the ceremony and have memories of smiling and laughing a lot. It’s the first time we both saw each other on the day and so was amazing. It is quite a surreal experience and over very quickly, you forget there are 100 people there watching you. My cousin commented after the event that the ceremony was the most fun one he had ever been to!

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midday movie. life’s rosy: jenna & oliver

December 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Oliver and Jenna from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Every day at noon this week we are sharing a little love story, courtesy of Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.  We hope these films bring a bit of sparkle to your lunch break.

Today, it’s Jenna and Oliver’s turn to take to the screen.  Enjoy!

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oliver says: I proposed quite elaborately! Every year we go to Cornwall and stay in our family caravan in Rock, but last year I covertly booked dinner and a room at a local hotel and snuck up there on the day we arrived (under the pretence of going up to the golf club!) to set up the room with a treasure trail of gifts that linked to key dates and places we’d been. At the end of the evening Jenna was very surprised to learn that we were staying in the hotel, and the final gift in the trail was a ring in a box on the window seat which overlooked the Camel Estuary. I had to use one of Jenna’s rings as she is quite particular when it comes to jewellery so I’d (perhaps presumptuously!) booked an appointment at a jewellers the next day so we could pick or design her ring. It only took her about 5 hours to choose..!

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jenna says:We wanted soft, muted tones to fit the relaxed feel of the day - soft blushes, apricots and creams – but I’m a bit obsessed with all things that glitter – so we added a bit of sparkle in the way of gold candelabra and candlesticks and rose gold sequin table runners!

Our  favourite parts of the day include walking out of the church as Mr & Mrs Hincks and greeting all our friends and family in what turned into an impromptu receiving line; being lifted up in a chair by some of the guests during the last song of the evening and one of our ushers smashing a glass as he announced the speeches! Whoops!

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midday movie. magic & sparkle: tom & andrea

December 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tom and Andrea from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

I don’t know about you lovely lot, but as Christmas approaches I always think it’s a good excuse to up the snuggle factor, with lots of evenings spent by the fire, wrapped in blankets, watching some movies.

This week we’ll be sharing some special movies of our own, with five beautiful wedding reels (one each lunchtime) from Brides Up North Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films. These guys make beautiful, cinematic wedding films, and to have them shoot your own wedding is definitely worth adding to your Christmas list.

We’ll be adding even more video content to the blog as part of our editorial plans for next year, so as a prelude to that we hope you enjoy this little treat, take a few moments away from the madness of the season and get lost in each couple’s love story…

Tissues at the ready, first up, we join Andrea and Tom for their oh-so-pretty wedding at Priory Cottages, North Yorkshire.

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andrea says: We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2012, we had had our second child that year so I was busy wrapping presents and just wanted to get into bed. As I opened the stairs door I was greeted with rose petals all over the stairs and candles on every step leading up to a huge bubble bath. Tom brought me a magazine with a ring box in to read whilst in the bath and got down on one knee.  It was very romantic!

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We wanted a relaxed feel with a touch of sparkle, lots of complimenting colours and some elegant touches for our wedding. We had a few colours for our scheme: peaches, pinks, corals and creams with a hint of gold glitter. The colours worked so well together and its something that we’d not seen before. We had lots of fun with DIY projects to get everything looking fab!

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Our favourite part of the day was standing at the altar saying our vows, that for us is when we felt so calm yet its very real. Saying and hearing those words meant so much and marriage for us is a challenge that we will face together every day and we want to be the best we can be, supporting each other and savouring every moment. We are thoroughly looking forward to enjoying many years together.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine Cinema: Day 5 – Helena & Simon

February 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

We’ve reached the big day!  Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you!  Let’s hope you spend the day clearing cards from your doormat, feasting on chocolates and taking deliveries of hand tied bouquets of blousy roses!  Whilst I brush the cobwebs from my own letterbox in anticipation, this morning we join Emma of Story Of Your Day for the final film in our special little week long series of movie magic. 

A Wonderful Wedding At Castle Howard from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  For my last day on Brides Up North I thought I’d show you something a little different. Such is my reputation I am the recommended videographer for many exclusive venues. And for some, like Castle Howard, the only videographer they recommend. I have made the Castle’s corporate film which has been enjoyed by brides looking at the venue for their own wedding. Recently I filmed a wonderful wedding there of Simon and Helena and now Castle Howard shows this film off to couples so they can imagine what their wedding could be like at such an exclusive venue. So while this isn’t a film the couple requested as part of their package they have it as an extra highlights film to enjoy with their family and friends.

On this shoot I wanted to try out a new type of camera – a DLSR – for a cinematic look to my films. I am now sold and from here on in I will be offering this style to all my brides in the future. Perhaps you’ll love it as much as I do.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Four: Kirby & Adam

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you.

Is anyone else enjoying these gorgeous little films as much as I am?! 

Kirby and Adam – Highlights of their day from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I filmed this wedding at Oulton Hall in November with a view to making a Film of the Day and a bridal preparation film. As it happened I changed my package structure in December so that couples could have a Film of The Day with their own choices for their DVDs and a Trailer for both the DVDs and online. Kirby decided she wanted to swap over to this option because her music choices were very important to them.

So this is a ‘Trailer’… something Kirby and Adam can share with their friends and family anytime anywhere. It’s short and sweet but captures the essence of their day perfectly. Their Film of The Day is nearly fifteen minutes long and so I was able to incorporate her bridal prep in detail, meaning she didn’t lose out. And what a lovely message Kirby sent me once she and Adam had watched the film, ‘Words don’t even describe that!I absolutely sobbed! We both love it!’

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Hello Hollywood! Supplier Showcase: Silver Sixpence Films PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

February 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Silver Sixpence Films Showreel 2013F2 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

It’s been a very audio-visual week on the wedding blog this week, as we’ve been counting down to Valentine’s Day with a lovely lunchtime film each day in our Valentine Cinema series. 

Today I’m proud to introduce you to another of our talented Brides Up North Featured Suppliers who also knows how to work their movie magic, Penny and Ed of Silver Sixpence FilmsThese guys are no novices, having worked on a whole host of Hollywood Movies and hob nobbing with some VERY big names in the film industry.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want their wedding video to look like a feature film?  I’d be getting in touch with these guys faster than you can say lights, camera, action!

And to make things even sweeter, if you quote BRDSUPN1 when booking Silver Sixpence Films are offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount on their gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on their silver package.

Grab the popcorn, we’ll bring the pretty, lets meet Penny!

Silver Sixpence Films Vintage Showreel 2013 from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

We have a background in feature films, which is where we met. Ed was working as the Visual Effects Editor on Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I was working as the assistant to David Yates, who was directing Harry Potter. We were doing post production in the same building and got introduced by a mutual friend. Ed has been making wedding videos for 13 years now – he filmed the first ones for friends of the family and did such a good job that he was asked to do more. He carried on making several a year in between the movies he worked on because he loved them so much. I started to help Ed out when he was filming weddings and instantly fell in love with them too, soon after that we set up Silver Sixpence Films and we haven’t looked back.

Ed has worked as an assistant editor on a lot of films including Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans, John Carter and James Bond Skyfall and as a result is an incredibly skilled editor. We believe that each wedding video should be unique to the couple but should also be something that anyone, even people who don’t know the couple, will find interesting. Ed is always able to bring out the best in each wedding, using his years of experience to create a beautiful wedding film.

All my production experience working in film and TV (I previously worked for the BBC and Channel 4), means that I am able to organise a wedding shoot in a professional way with ease, allowing me to focus on making sure the couple feels confident in us and happy so that they can relax and enjoy their day knowing that we are making an amazing wedding film.

Why should a couple have a wedding video? 

We know, having spoken to many brides, that a wedding film is not at the top of the list when organising a wedding. We also know from all our previous clients that having a wedding film is one of the best decisions that couples feel they made after their wedding. We are regularly told that it is our wedding film and not the photographs that the couple get out year after year on their anniversary, and it is our film that brought everyone to tears. A good photograph is a beautiful memento of the day, but the real and full emotion of the day can only be captured in a wedding film. That is why we take great pride in knowing someone has been moved to tears by every single film we have made so far! Another thing that we often hear is how lovely the couple find watching the wedding video and seeing things that they missed on the day. Often, they say, their weddings went by so quickly that they didn’t really have time to enjoy it or fully absorb everything that was happening and so having a wedding film means that they can experience all those things properly again and again.

Why weddings specifically? What is your favourite thing about being a wedding videographer? 

We’re both big softies and weddings are such lovely, emotional days. As film makers the most rewarding thing that you can do is make something that evokes an emotional response from the viewer. Weddings are the happiest day of people’s lives, not just for the bride and groom, but often for their parents and their friends. Knowing that you are making something that will capture the romance and the joy of that is a great privilege. It is such an intimate event that we always feel that we have become friends with our couples by the time we deliver their final film as we have gotten to know them so well and seen the love that they share.

Stuart and Danielle’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

Our approach is very reportage. We believe that our brief should be to capture the beauty of the day whilst remaining as invisible as possible. We take great pride in being told that no one had even realised the wedding was being filmed when they see our wedding film. We think that you get the best shots when people are relaxed and enjoying themselves and not feeling self conscious so we use a lot of long lenses so that we can stay as far away from the action as possible whilst still capturing beautiful footage. We do recommend that our bride and groom spend 10-15 minutes alone with us on the day though so that we can get some lovely footage of just the two of them. We always meet our couples before their big day so they can get to know us and we can answer any questions they have so that they are comfortable on the day with us. I’ve got plenty of experience from my work in feature films of making A-List actors feel happy and so we treat them in the same way we would a celebrity – it is their day and they are the stars of the show.

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to capture and why? 

We’ve worked with a lot of very famous actors during our time in film. I’d love to capture Tom Felton’s (who played Drafo Malfoy  in the Harry Potter film) wedding because he’s a friend of mine as is his girlfriend. When Ed and I had our engagement party they came along much to the surprise of a few of our friends who were huge Harry Potter fans. Ed would probably want to capture Andrew Garfield’s (who is currently playing Spiderman) wedding as they because they became quite close whilst working on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ed is always telling people how he has hugged Spiderman because Andrew hugged him last time they bumped into each other.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

We have captured lots of really beautiful weddings, all of them so unique in style and content! One that particularly comes to mind, was a gorgeous and very ‘homely’ wedding just near Goole, the couple were getting married in a lovely little church in the village that the Bride grew up in. What was so heart warming, was that it was the same church that three previous generations of her family had all taken their vows in, so her parents, her grandparents, and her great grandparents were all married there. They even displayed all their marriage certificates and photos at the front of the church. We thought that was just so special.

What sets you apart from other wedding videographers?

We approach our wedding films as though they are huge Hollywood movies rather than videos – even though we shoot on professional HD cameras we purposefully only refer to our products as films. We spend a lot of time grading each film to look and feel like film because we think the look of film is beautiful. We get a lot of requests to add a vintage effect to some of our films so that they look like they were shot on an old 16mm camera, because that vintage effect is very popular at the moment. We can also shoot on a real super 8 camera if requested to. We have years of experience in feature film and we use this to make our wedding films cinematic with a romantic narrative that captures the emotion of the day. Ed edits each film with the intention of telling the story of the day in the most interesting and moving way it can be told. This often means that our films are non linear, with audio that has been captured throughout the day often narrating the gorgeous shots that we have captured. This means that the film is interesting, moving and endlessly watchable for not just the bride and groom but hopefully for anyone that watches them. Our personal feeling is that the traditional wedding video, filmed in real time that is over five hours long, doesn’t capture the emotion of the day as well as our, much shorter films do. Couple’s that choose us for their wedding will want to watch their film again and again.

What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

On the day our couples can expect to feel totally relaxed and forget that we are even filming. Our intention is that throughout the day they don’t have to worry about us and they can be sure that we are putting together the perfect wedding film for them. We ask for the details of an usher and a bridesmaid so that we have other people we can talk to if we need anything without bothering the couple. The couple can expect us to arrive with professional HD cameras and high end camera rigs including tripods, sliders and steady cams so that we are prepared for all conditions to get the best possible results on the day. Most importantly they can expect us to be absorbing the day and working out what is important to the couple, including their taste in music so that we can construct a personal film that will forever remind them of their day.

Lee and Charlotte’s Wedding Highlights from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Tell us about some of your most recent collaborations and styled shoots with other industry professionals? 

We have recently been working on a film with Rise Hall which is a beautiful country home that is owned by Sarah Beeny. Sarah and her husband Graham have done a fantastic job of renovating the house and it is absolutely perfect for weddings.  We are still putting the final film together now but Rise Hall is such a lovely venue that it has been a wonderful project for us to work on. It would actually be challenging to film something in Rise Hall that didn’t look picturesque.

What projects do you have coming up – either weddings, shoots or otherwise that you are looking forward to in 2014?

We are very excited about working with Rise Hall, both finishing their film and working as their recommended film makers. We are also looking forward to focusing on all the beautiful wedding films this year. Ed is just finishing up on a Tom Cruise science fiction film and then he is dedicating himself for the rest of the year to Silver Sixpence Films so that our clients can have his full attention and expertise.

Are you prepared to travel?  Is there an additional cost for this? 

We are happy to film a wedding anywhere in the UK, although we are based in Yorkshire. We are able to film weddings in London and some of the South East for no extra charge but there is a small additional fee for weddings outside those areas. We have a wedding this year in the Lake District and we are really looking forward to it. We love the opportunity to travel with Silver Sixpence Films so couples who don’t live in Yorkshire shouldn’t be put off from getting in contact with us.

Byron and Sian’s Wedding Trailer from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

What is included in your "package"? Can you give us an idea on price? 

We have three packages that we typically offer:

The Silver Package from £895: We arrive an hour before the ceremony and film until the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a beautiful made 5-8 minutes highlights film on DVD (or blue ray for an extra fee) as well as an online version.

The Gold Package from £1295: This package starts at the brides preparations and ends after the speeches have finished. With this package the couple will receive a 10-20 minute film along with a short wedding trailer (which is a collection of the best shots from the day cut to music. These are both online as well as sent to them on two beautifully presented DVDs.

The Platinum Package from £1995: This package starts at the brides preparations and goes all the way into the evening celebrations and first dance. The couple will receive a 20-30 minute film along with a wedding trailer, both of which are online as well as in two beautifully presented DVDs. They also get full versions of the speeches and ceremony on the DVD (if permitted), along with some printed stills from the day.

We also are able to offer a bespoke film with added extras including extra copies of the dvds, extra hours filming, vintage effect or super 8mm film so we are able to create a package that is adaptable to the individual couples.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, if they quote BRDSUPN1 when booking they are able to get a 10% discount on our gold and platinum packages and a 5% discount on the silver package.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

We have some examples of our films along with our packages and prices on our website www.silversixpencefilms.com, we are also on Facebook and Twitter.

We are pretty much always online so are usually able to answer any questions that prospective clients will have very quickly.

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Valentine Cinema. Day Three: Lynsey and Joe

February 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A wedding in The Lakes from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Lynsey and Joe are a gorgeous couple. And what made this film great to do was because I was also working alongside Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography. Because don’t direct my couples during their day it’s great to work with Cat who is so inspiring and takes her couples off for amazing portraits.

Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lakes was the perfect setting to sneak off and do just that, with us finding little hideaways to get away from it all for some really emotional moments. This wedding film was meant to be shorter but as with many of my films I get carried away with how fantastic the day is and for me, getting that across in my films is the most important factor.

Emma would like to offer Brides Up North Readers access to her exclusive Valentine’s Day offer.  Visit her website for more details and to celebrate the most romantic week of the year!

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Valentine Cinema. Day Two: Lydia & Rob

February 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Don’t mind us, we’re just interrupting your lunch hour with something beautiful.  This week, there’s a little movie moment every day at lunchtime, as we count down to Valentine’s Day this Friday, courtesy of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma at Story Of Your Day.  Just because I love you. 

A Gorgeous Wedding at Denton Hall from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  Did you know that the biggest regret amongst newly weds is not to have a wedding film?  Well it’s true… but having a videographer is still so low down the priority list of many couples. I recently spoke to a bride who’d spent over £6,000 on her dress so had cut her film budget by half. It’s all very well having a beautiful dress and I’m sure the photographs will do it justice, but why compromise on a film which could have given her lifelong living memories of the day?

Here’s today’s Valentine Cinema for Brides Up North.  Lydia and Rob were married at another location that I’m proud to be recommended by, Denton Hall in Ilkley.  Lydia got ready in the morning in the wonderful coach house and then walked up the drive for her civil ceremony in the house. Some ceremonies are quite short so this couple chose to have a film of their ceremony in full, rather than a highlights film.

As well as working closely with many venues like Denton Hall I also pride myself in the relationship I have with other suppliers, especially on the day, so I was thrilled when photographer Karen Ross sent me this note after working with me at this wedding. “After working with several videographers over recent years,  I can honestly say that Emma is the best I have worked with.  It was a real pleasure to work alongside her.  Her work is first rate and her desire for us to work together to obtain the best results possible for the wedding couple was both refreshing and effective.” And that is what it is all about. Everyone working together to achieve the best possibly results for the couple to make their day memorable and enjoyable.

I hope you love today’s short film as much as I do. 

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Valentine Cinema. A Week Of Love In Motion.

February 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Love is in the air!  Being a loved up soon-to-be-wed, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that it’s Valentine’s Day this Friday.  When considering how to mark the event here on the wedding blog  – because in real life with our baby girl it’ll be a couple of pizzas, a movie and an early night! – I thought it might be nice to share a few movies of our own.  Enlisting the help of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma of Story Of Your Day, we’re letting a few special Brides Up North love stories take centre stage as we bring you an extra little lunchtime feature in addition to our usual schedule.  Because we love you. 

Lois’ Morning at Rise Hall from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

Emma says:  I was asked by Julia for a week long feature about my films. At first I was excited, but then I wondered how I could possibly choose five of my favourite films. I’ve recently been looking at the service I provide in the hope of offering everything a bride wants in a Wedding Film Package. This has meant I have been studying a lot of other Videographers in my price range and above. I have found that wedding films can be very formulaic and after a while I got quite frustrated by the fact that they were so similar. So although I’ve made some improvements I am still essentially offering the high end bespoke wedding film service I did before where no film is the same as the last … how can they be? Every wedding is different and every one unique. So I’ve put together a series of films for Brides Up North which, I hope, can demonstrate how I do wedding films differently, creatively and beautifully.

I believe your wedding films should be enjoyed time and time again. That’s why I make short-form wedding films unlike any other.  You’ve probably found your dream venue, your perfect photographer and maybe even your shoes with killer heels.  So now, it’s time to find the right person to make your wedding come to life on film, which can be cherished forever.

In your search for the right filmmaker, you may have found many wedding films seem very formulaic.  My films don’t follow a ’recipe’  because every wedding is different,  every couple is unique and so every story I tell is true to that couple and their wedding only.

I’ll capture the essence of your day and each bespoke film will tell your individual story. Your day will fly by and if you blink you’ll miss it. This is a chance to look back, remember the day and cherish those special moments forever.

Rest assured that you’re in very capable hands. My films are professional looking because they’re filmed by myself and other carefully selected experienced camera crews, using a combination of high-definition and DSLR cameras and beautifully crafted by myself using the best film-editing equipment.

The first this week is a Bridal Preparation Film – many of my couples choose this option so they can catch up with what their loved one got up to in the build up to the ceremony. It can be an emotional time. And Lois’ morning was just that. She married Olympian Alex Smith at Sarah Beeney’s Rise Hall in August this year.  Click here to see the Real Wedding on Brides Up North.  

My background has taught me to identify and appreciate special moments, reactions and emotions and my expertise lies in story-telling.   A personable nature and ability to engage easily means I’ll put your guests at ease when I talk to them about your day. Their thoughts and feelings will add flavour to your story. The guests at Lois and Alex’s wedding were literally queuing up to give them their good luck messages.

I was thrilled that Alex and Lois loved their films so much as they were such fun to make. “Thank you so much for the two films you made of our wedding day. We thoroughly enjoyed watching both – especially the film of the day! Alex and I were so glad we chose you to film our wedding day, it was the most fantastic day, which we can now watch over and over! We absolutely love your work, Mr & Mrs Smith.”

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

Cat Hepple Photography

That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

Cat Hepple Photography

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